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Springtime in Florida brings freshwater fishing, boat access

Fish Busters' Bulletin March is prime freshwater fishing season for many species of fish, because bass and bream are getting geared up to hit the shallows. During spring, sunfish such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to find suitable spawning habitat. Shallow areas (ideally 2 to 6 feet deep) with sandy or firm soils and nearby vegetation tend…

Undercover operation reveals exploitation of Florida fish and wildlife resources

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers completed a comprehensive investigation Wednesday that included more than 300 criminal violations by 56 individuals in Putnam, St. Johns, Alachua, Volusia and Marion counties. The 15-month operation targeted individuals who illegally harvested, bought and sold protected species of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Charges include 34 felonies and 280…

Alabama's Snapper Season Likely Shortest Ever

Although it won’t be set in stone (printed in Federal Register) until after the April meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the 2012 red snapper season is almost certain to be the shortest on record at about 40 days. At the most recent meeting, held at the Riverview Plaza in Mobile, the council approved and took final…

Fishing Report for Northern Utah, March 09, 2012

BEAR LAKE: (February 16) Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that Bear Lake still has quite a bit of floating ice, mainly concentrated in the area north of Garden City. The fishing is red hot! There is a lot of ice off the Utah State Park Marina and launching is not recommended there, but boats can be launched at First Point, Rainbow…

Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report March 01, 2012

Fishing Highlight of the Week: Lake Dunn in Village Creek State Park near Wynne produced a 16 pound, 5 ounce largemouth Feb. 28. If everything holds, this will be the new state record largemouth bass, surpassing Aaron Mardis’ 16 pound, 4 ounce largemouth caught March 2, 1976 at Mallard Lake. Click the link to read this week’s Arkansas Outdoors newsletter…

Fishing Report for Southern Utah, March 01, 2012

BAKER RESERVOIR: (March 01) Anglers report slow to fair fishing. Rainbow trout, including some brood fish, were stocked recently. There is no ice on the reservoir. Winter is a good time to target brown trout with minnow-imitating lures and flies. BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (March 01) Most of the lakes on Boulder Mountain are closed to fishing until April…

PF&BC gets a cut of gas fee

Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed Marcellus shale impact fee legislation that will collect $180.5 million statewide in fees for drilling activity done in 2011 and as much as $355 million in 2015, according to some estimates from Republican lawmakers.

River bass malady spreads

Since 2005, the appearance of diseased, intersex smallmouth bass and sudden fish kills on the lower Susquehanna River have increasingly alarmed anyone who fishes or cares about the river.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announces new Chief of Enforcement

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has named Jeff Crow as its new Chief of Enforcement. Most recently Crow served as the Law Enforcement Management Specialist for the University of Arkansas’s Criminal Justice Institute. Following an extensive search and interview process the Commission accepted AGFC Director Loren Hitchcock’s recommendation to select Crow for the position recently vacated…

Nevada Fishing Report for February 29, 2012

LAKE MEAD – Unsettled weather has kept many anglers away in recent days and made fishing difficult for those who have ventured out. Anglers have found slow fishing for striped bass in much of the lower basin, though some are connecting on small fish near Vegas Wash. Striper action is slow to fair at Temple Bar and other areas of…

Spring into trout stocking in Massachusetts

Bay State anglers with their 2012 freshwater fishing license in hand can look forward to casting for over 522,100 feisty brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout by mid-March. These are sizeable fish; more than 73% of the fish will be 12 or more inches long. “We have some truly high quality fish this spring,” observes Hatchery Chief Dr. Ken Simmons….

Want to Go Trout Fishing Before Opening Day in Vermont?

Catch-and-release fishing with lures or flies is allowed on nine Vermont river sections. Catches like this big brown trout are fairly common in most of these waters. Why wait for the traditional opening day of trout fishing? One of the benefits of our mild winter is that Vermont anglers can capitalize on year-round catch-and-release trout fishing opportunities available on nine…

Oklahoma Fishing Report for February 29, 2012

This fishing report information is provided by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.   CENTRAL Hefner: February 27. Elevation below normal and rising, water 44-47 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits at 6-20 ft. along rocky bank. Smallmouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass fair on jigs at 12-20 ft….

Fishing Report for Central Utah, February 29, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (February 29) Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports fair to good fishing this week with various baits. CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (February 29) The pond will open to fishing on April 1. DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 29) Conservation Officer Orin Neal is telling anglers to stay off any ice at Deer Creek Reservoir. Four people recently fell through in…

MD: BPW Approves Preservation Of 342 Acres In Frederick, Queen Anne’s And Washington Counties Through Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Annapolis, Md. – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 342 acres of streamside forests, natural areas and wetlands, including properties in Frederick, Queen Anne’s and Washington Counties through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement option. “Thanks to these Maryland landowners, our State will continue to see enhanced natural areas and improved water…

TX: Fish Hatchery Closure Possible Due to Drought

ATHENS-Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) may temporarily close the Dundee Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls during the upcoming production season due to a declining water supply. "Although we have not officially made the decision to suspend operations at Dundee for 2012, it looks like we will not have water to operate this spring, and we do not plan to…

ID: Commission increases steelhead limits in Upper Salmon

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday morning, February 16, increased the bag limits for steelhead in part of the upper Salmon River, effective immediately. The daily limit is six steelhead, 18 in possession and 40 for the spring 2012 steelhead season. The increase affects river sections 15 through 19 on the upper Salmon River from Long Tom Creek –…

UT: Fishing Report DWR Southeastern Region

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (February 03) A week ago, Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reported slow fishing on the San Juan arm. Thin, dangerous ice covers Recapture Reservoir, Blanding #3, Blanding #4 and Lloyds Lake. ELECTRIC LAKE: (February 03) Angler Larry Duzenack reports good fishing for 14- to 18-inch trout. FERRON RESERVOIR: (February 03) Fish were removed from the reservoir last fall and…

Study: Lake Erie suitable for carp

Lake Erie and some of its biggest tributary rivers have just the right water temperatures and other characteristics needed for greedy Asian carp to make themselves at home, says a federal study.